Cavities can happen even to the best of us
Everyone gets them eventually. Whether it’s because we ate too much Halloween candy or because we stopped flossing thinking that cavities “wouldn’t happen” to us.
The hard truth is, cavities can happen to anyone, but the occurrence rate dramatically increases for those who don’t brush twice a day, floss daily, and attend regular appointments with a dentist.
Cavities (sometimes called tooth decay) develop when sugars and carbohydrates from food and drink left on and between your teeth produce harmful acids that destroy the tooth structure. If your teeth are left unchecked, a hole will occur in the enamel, and a cavity will form.
Needless to say, cavities are not ideal to have on your teeth, and it’s essential that you get them taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further destruction.
Early cavities can be painless, and most people don’t know they have them until they’ve progressed. As the decay advances and destroys more of the tooth structure, you may develop uncomfortable sensations to
Further advancement of cavity symptoms in the tooth can cause severe pain and tooth infection, which leads to the need for a root canal or extraction of the tooth.
If you are experiencing any tooth pain, it is critical that you contact a dentist immediately.
Early detection with digital X-rays and laser-assisted cavity detection help to eliminate potential problems with deeper and larger cavities.
Our experienced hygienists and dentists pride themselves on early cavity detection and treatment to prevent further tooth destruction.
When a cavity is caught on time, usually a filling will correct the problem. Larger cavities may require an inlay or a crown.
If you are diagnosed with a cavity, it’s important that you schedule an appointment immediately for treatment.
When you come into an appointment at Kennerly Dental for tooth decay treatment, we’ll use the following proven procedures:
At this time, ozone and silver diamine fluoride (SDF) treatment are inefficient in halting & reversing tooth decay.
Cavities are mainly prevented through a patient’s proper home care, including regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste, flossing with proper technique, and regular dental cleanings.
Hand in hand with regular brushing and flossing, you can further prevent cavities by avoiding food and drinks with high sugar content.
If you combine sugary food and beverages with poor oral home care, you increase the risk of cavities dramatically.
Some food and drinks to avoid:
At Kennerly Dental, our friendly staff comes to work with a “Patient First” attitude. We recognize that every person deserves individualized dental care specific to their dental needs. The Kennerly Dental team can give you tips for improving your home dental care during your appointment.
Call us to make an appointment with our experienced staff today